Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Overheard at Work

I saw a new student this afternoon, a 15 year old girl. I have a few standard questions I always ask new students, in an effort to get to know them a little better. These questions are usually along the lines of...how do you feel about school? What's your favorite class? What's your least favorite class? Do you know what you want to do after high school?

And then, my favorite...What do you like to do outside of school?

The intended answer is something like...I like to play basketball with my friends, or something like that. But nine times out of ten, kids respond with "Um, hang out."

Anyway! I asked my new girl today what she likes to do outside of school. Her response?

"Ummm...hang out with my friends, and my boyfriends (yes, she said boyfriendS), and text."

TEXT. She listed TEXTING as an ACTIVITY. Gah. What is happening to today's youth???

16 comments:

Lucy Marie said...

at least she doesn't sext like some other people in this world ;)

bianca said...

Is texting really an activity now?! Not ok. I also love that she has multiple boyfriends. Ahh youth...

Molly Lou Gifts said...

it has to be a hobby if she has boyfriendS to keep up with. She clearly must spend a lot of time doing it. :)

d.a.r. said...

bhahahahaha thank you for making my night!!

Brittany Ann said...

Oh my gosh...I've had students tell me they like to "facebook" as a hobby. Sad, sad day!

Kayla said...

Wow.... haha I'm on the same lines as Lucy, I was thinking she was going to say something like sex or sexting... Before we know it, facebooking will be an activity.... Or is it already??? wow...

brown eyed girl said...

My thought process upon reading this:
OMG
WTF
Srsly?
WTF
Texting is a hobby?
OMG WTF has this world come to.
Wow.

Piper Jacquelyn said...

Oh hilarious! I love it. What a winner. Her parents must be so proud of her achievements.

Lisa said...

I can raise you, actually...

I was processing applications today. Boarding school applications. For kids that want us to foot their entire bill. {$40k+/ year}

The question asked what they do in their free time and her answer was... watch TV and text.

Needless to say, this girl will not be attending boarding school. Perhaps she will end up at your high school, sitting with you next year? ;)

Jackie said...

Hehe, I ask similair questions. When I ask what they like to do outside of school EVERY SINGLE KID says play video games. Rarely does anyone ever say a physical activity unless I prompt them. Oh, and I ask "what do you want to be when you grow up" (since I work in k-7) and 9 times out of 10 the answer is "play for the Redskins". Really? You are going to play for the Redksins even though you sit inside playing video games every day? And what happened to the standard doctor, teacher, lawyer, fireman, answers???

Crazy Shenanigans said...

This is why I weep for the future....

Jenn said...

wait, texting isn't a hobby? dammit. :)

sarah said...

I'm bothered less by the texting and more by the boyfriendS.

Ms. Attitude said...

well, at least she is doing that oustide of school rather than in.

Lucky in Love said...

Some guy at my work said his high school aged son does over 4000 texts a month!?! I just can't even comprehend that! I guess you could count it as an activity if you did it that much!

MODG said...

the texting thing FRIGHTENS me. I'm nervous for my kids.